Herd Lands Four For Football Over Weekend

C.J. Crawford, a player who played four positions as a senior for Huntington (W.Va.) High School, committed on Dec. 5 to sign with his hometown school, Marshall, according to Anthony Hanshew of The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington. Crawford played safety, running back, wide receiver and quarterback with the Highlanders the past couple of seasons, and was joined by three other verbals Sunday.

Following his junior season at quarterback, C.J. Crawford became HHS's most versatile athlete. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound player rushed for 467 yards and six touchdowns on 63 attempts, had 27 catches for 343 yards, with two touchdowns, and completed 19-of-50 passes for 274 yards with one score against four interceptions. Crawford's best was saved for his high school finale, totaling 174 yards of offense and four touchdowns in Huntington High's lone victory, a 35-20 win over Nitro.

The Highlanders beat Nitro in 2007 and 2008 for their lone wins of each seasons, each win coming at the end of the season. Zach Wilson, the HHS football coach the last two seasons, resigned at the end of the '08 season, with a two-year record of 2-18. Crawford visited Purdue and Arkansas, who reportedly offered the player, following the season. He also received offers from Wake Forest.

He joined two previous commitments to the Herd, wide receiver Freddie Moore, from Austin H.S. in Decatur, Alabama, and defensive end James Rouse, from Harrisonburg (Va.) High School. This past weekend, again according to the H-D and Hanshew, Marshall got a commitment from Jamal Wilson, who agreed to sign with Marshall in 2008 but had to sit out as a non-qualifier. His is 5-foot-11, 176-pounds, out of Oscar Smith H.S. in Chesapeake, Va. In 2007, he caught 10 touchdowns and had 620 yards receiving. Wilson, timed at 4.4 in high school, was also offered by Maryland, Northern Illinois and Akron after his senior year at Oscar Smith. He is expected to sign with the other high school players starting Feb. 4, 2009.

Two junior college players also committed to MU this weekend. Laney College in California will have Troy Evans and Travis Ford sign with MU when juco signing day comes on Dec. 17. Evans is 5-foot-9, 210-pounds and averaged 162 all-purpose yards per game, sixth-best among California jucos. Evans had 407 yards rushing, 268 yards receiving, 224 yards in punt returns and 559 yards on kickoff returns. He was an All-American in 2007, when he averaged 13 yards per punt return and 30 yards per kickoff return. Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas State, Oregon and Wyoming all offered the 4.45 speed athlete.

Ford is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound safety, with 4.5 speed. He is also being looked at by Utah, Oregon, Kansas, Cal and Arizona State. Marshall is reportedly also looking at a junior college quarterback, Press Taylor of Butler Community College, and a quarterback from Fork Union Military Academy, Nick Owens, among other players nationwide.

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